I think there are enough and more posts on mynahs on this blog.. because this campus seems to be their home; the authority with which they walk into a space is amazing, the confidence they have and how they weed their way within crowds, corridors…Same with pigeons.. but that will be another post.
They walk in to a mess hall, survey the premises, hop, skip, jump on to the tables and chairs… and if food on a plate lies unguarded some where some time when the owner walks to the cooler to get herself a glass of water, they will come near it. and if they are hungry.. they are sure to have a treat from our plates.
I can see them from my window perching on the lower branches of the trees that surround my room. They mostly love playing on the ground though, and rarely do they fly up to my floor and hover next to my window. But some sun birds do.. in some burst of energy, they shoot up wards to the upper floors.. and stand flapping their wings at some atrocious speed feel tired and they just fall down.
But I think my moment of utter joy came that day, when I folded those bamboo curtains in the afternoon and saw two mynahs on the window ledge on the other side of the sealed windows of my hotel room.
Initially, there was this mynah sleeping.. I sat and watched until the friend came with food and woke him/her up. Afterwards they played around on the ledge, hopped from one side to the other, peeped into the room once in a while and flew way.
I’m so sure they did not realize I was there on the other side of the glass watching them, sometimes through the lens of a camera.. I waited for them the next day, keeping my work aside. This time, I had to wait and I thought may be they wouldn’t turn up until one of them came in for the nap..
I just realized I was lucky to eavesdrop into their noon routine on the window ledge.